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Rampant Walton, Ronchi put Amazon Warriors on verge of playoffs

Rampant Walton, Ronchi put Amazon Warriors on verge of playoffs

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Man-of-the-Match Chadwick Walton and New Zealander, Luke Ronchi, slammed scintillating half-centuries as a rampant Guyana Amazon Warriors crushed Jamaica Tallawahs by nine wickets to virtually secure a spot in the playoffs of the Caribbean Premier League.Chasing 150 for victory at Sabina Park on Friday night, the visitors stormed to their target off a mere 63 deliveries, with Walton ending unbeaten on 84 off 40 deliveries and Ronchi, 55 not out off 29 balls.The pair were utterly dominant, posting 135 for the second wicket – the highest partnership for any wicket in this year’s competitition – after Sohail Tanvir perished for a first-ball ‘duck’ off the sixth ball of the innings.Walton smashed eight fours and six sixes en route to his half-century off 26 deliveries while Ronchi’s landmark took one delivery longer, as he counted four fours and three sixes.Opting to bat first earlier, Tallawahs rallied to 149 for seven off their 20 overs with Andre McCarthy top-scoring with 44 and captain Kumar Sangakkara getting 38.Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir (2-27) and pacer Rayad Emrit (2-29) both finished with two wickets apiece.The victory was the fourth on the trot for Amazon Warriors and put them in pole position to claim the last playoff spot up for grabs. They lie fourth on 10 points, four points clear of nearest challenger Barbados Tridents in fifth.Amazon Warriors also possess a superior net run rate meaning that Tridents will have to win their final two matches, over Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by significant margins, in order to sneak into the top four.The Tallawahs slumped to 26 for two in the fifth over after Glenn Phillips (10) missed a pull and was bowled by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, and Lendl Simmons (15) clipped Emrit to Gajanand Singh at mid-wicket.McCarthy and Sri Lankan Sangakkara then came together in a 79-run, third wicket stand and pushed the total past the 100-run mark.While McCarthy faced 35 balls and struck four boundaries and three sixes, Sangakkara counted two fours and a six in a 31-ball knock.However, they both fell in the space of 15 balls for the addition of 15 runs and Tallawahs were left to scramble for runs at the end to reach a competitive total.In reply, the Amazon Warriors were in early trouble when Tanvir gloved a lifter from pacer Oshane Thomas through to wicketkeeper Sangakkara. However, that was to be the Tallawas only success as Walton and Ronchi then decimated their bowling attack.last_img read more

Trojans come up short against Colorado

Trojans come up short against Colorado

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team began its last regular season road trip Thursday with a 70-66 loss to No. 18 Colorado in Boulder, Colo. The loss prevented USC from avenging its 21-point Feb. 1 defeat to the Buffaloes, dropping the Trojans’ conference record to 8-6.  The loss mirrored the last minute effort that came up short against No. 24 Arizona nearly two weeks ago during an 85-80 loss. For a team on the bubble of making the NCAA Tournament, Thursday’s loss dealt a critical blow to the Trojans’ hopes of making the Big Dance. The game came down to the last minute and 20 seconds when USC cut Colorado’s lead to 3. Unfortunately for the Trojans, they couldn’t produce off their next possession. Senior guard Daniel Utomi traveled while about to take a 3-pointer during the game’s final seconds, giving the Buffaloes the ball and the game. Colorado hit a free throw during its last possession and escaped with the 4-point win.  Senior guard Jonah Mathews offered an admirable performance Thursday, shooting 63.6 % and scoring 17 points. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) From the start of the second half, it was clear Colorado had made the necessary adjustments and was ready to perform on offense. In the first three minutes of the half, the Buffaloes scored 12 points without missing a shot, overcoming the first half deficit and establishing a lead USC would never take back.  Much of Colorado’s comeback was predicated on exceptional ball movement. This left USC’s man-to-man defense scrambling and allowed for open looks both beyond the arc and in the paint against USC’s top defenders in freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu and senior forward Nick Rakocevic. Colorado finished the game with 16 assists in comparison to USC’s nine. USC’s offense still dominated in the paint and shot over 50% in the second half, but this couldn’t make up for Colorado’s lethal 3-point shooting. The Buffaloes dwarfed the Trojans with 24 points from beyond the arc compared to just 6 from USC. Okongwu’s offensive production kept USC hanging around. The star freshman was coming off of two missed games due to a concussion but didn’t stray much from his season scoring average by putting up 21 points.  Unlike Okongwu, USC’s bench was not up to the challenge Thursday. The Trojans’ subs shot 2-of-17 from the field. The only bench player to come off the bench and score was sophomore guard Elijah Weaver, who chipped in with 4 points.  Colorado shot 23% from the field through the game’s first 10 minutes. This improved to 34.5% by the half while USC’s offense began to lose its rhythm, leading to frantic shots and turnovers that reduced its 14-point lead to just 3 by halftime. “We’re happy to have [Okongwu] back,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “I thought he played a really good game tonight. Unfortunately, when it’s crunch time, we need all five guys to not make mental mistakes.” Early in the game, the Trojans looked like they could limit the Buffaloes’ offense, forcing seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes and establishing a 14-point advantage. Colorado fell into a five minute scoring drought but was revived by junior guard Tyler Bey. Bey’s drives to the rim repeatedly drew fouls and chipped away at USC’s lead.  The Trojans travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes Sunday. Tip-off is at 3 p.m.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

first_imgVirat Kohli was sent back for a five-ball duck by Nuwan Pradeep as Sri Lanka sought to fight back against India in a crucial Group B match at the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.Expectedly, there was stunned silence across the ground where thousands of Indian supporters had flooded in to cheer the Men in Blue. It’s not very often, after all, that Kohli flops in one-day cricket (or in any format for that matter).India had got off to a rousing start, thanks to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who added 138 for the opening wicket. Kohli walked in after Rohit had fallen to Mumbai Indians teammate Lasith Malinga for 78. (Also read: Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes)Loud cheers from the Indian contingent greeted Kohli, who is undoubedly the most entertaining batsman in the world. Moreover, his unbeaten 81 in the previous match against Pakistan had raised expectations further. Halfway through the innings, the stage was set for another Kohli special.But the India skipper lasted only five balls at the crease and edged a Pradeep delivery to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Kohli was done in by the seaam movement and extra pace and one could argue that the shot was too risky given a slip was waiting for perhaps just that shot.Incidentally, Kohli’s last duck in ODIs had also come in England against the hosts in Cardiff on August 27, 2014. That duck had underlined a horrid tour for Kohli, who has since blossomed as the best batsman in world cricket.advertisementBetween these two ducks, Kohli has amassed runs all over the world and smashed eight hundreds and nine half-centuries, some of which are already part of cricketing folklore.Kohli was in peak form during India’s packed Test season and had become the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series. He struggled a bit against Australia in the four-Test series and had an indifferent IPL.last_img read more